• Blowing the lid off the billionaires' big con — and its deadly link to the coronavirus pandemic - Who wants to be a rich man in a poor country?
  • What the Bond Market is, how it works, and why the average person should understand and pay attention to it (or not)? - Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Democracy At Work / Author of numerous books - his latest is The Sickness is the System
  • Geeky Science: Scientists entered people's dreams and got them 'talking'
  • Conversations with Great Minds: Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America - Dr. Keisha Blain, Historian & Associate Professor of History-University of Pittsburgh / President-African American Intellectual History Society / Co-Editor (w/Ibram X. Kendi) of the new book, Four Hundred Souls / Author, Set the World On Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom and, the forthcoming, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Vision of America
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About 75 percent of Americans trusted the federal government to "do what is right" when polled during most of the last years of the Eisenhower administration and early years of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency.

In 2019, when the Pew Research Center released its most recent poll of public trust in the government, only 17 percent of Americans trusted their government. It's so bad that throughout 2020 armed protesters showed up nationwide to protest the "tyranny" of having to wear masks during a pandemic, and then stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election, all cheered on by the then-President of the United States and multiple rightwing media outlets.

This is no accident; it's the result of a four-decades-long campaign by some of America's richest people to tear apart the governing fabric of our nation, kicked off by their man, Ronald Reagan, proudly proclaiming at his January 20, 1981, inauguration that, "[G]overnment is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

Read more here.

-Thom
Thursday's Daily Stack Daily Stack
Hour One: Blowing the lid off the billionaires' big con — and its deadly link to the coronavirus pandemic - Who wants to be a rich man in a poor country?
Article: "Republican Party Platform of 1956", August 20, 1956.
Book: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.
Article: "Voting Laws Roundup: February 2021" by Brennan Center.
Site: CPAC.
Article: "Pentagon faces scrutiny over response to Capitol riot" by Paul Sonne and Missy Ryan.
Article: "A festival of lies" by Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria.
Bill: "H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021" by Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3].
Bill: "H.R.4 - Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019" by Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7].
Article: "Minimum Wage in America: A Timeline" by Patrick J. Kiger.
Article: "New Deal" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Lawmaker lives on food stamps" by Jackie Johnson.
Article: "David Petraeus" by Wikipedia.
Article: "American Legislative Exchange Council" (ALEC) by SourceWatch.

Hour Two: What the Bond Market is, how it works, and why the average person should understand and pay attention to it (or not)?
- Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Democracy At Work / Author of numerous books - his latest is The Sickness is the System Twitter Twitter
Movie: "Inception".
Book: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge, Howard Rheingold.
Article: "Silva Method" by Wikipedia.
Article: "Service Charges Gain as Tips Are Taxed" by NY Times, 1988.

Hour Three: Conversations with Great Minds: Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America
- Dr. Keisha Blain, Historian & Associate Professor of History-University of Pittsburgh / President-African American Intellectual History Society / Co-Editor (w/Ibram X. Kendi) of the new book, Four Hundred Souls / Author, Set the World On Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom and, the forthcoming, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Vision of America Twitter
Case: "Loving v. Virginia" by Wikipedia.
Chapter: "1619-1624: Arrival" by Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Chapter: "1629-1634: Whipped for Lying with a Black Woman" by Ijeoma Oluo.
Chapter: "1654-1659: Unfree Labor" by Nakia D. Parker.
Chapter: "1689-1694: The Germantown Petition Against Slavery" by Christopher J. Lebron.
Chapter: "1674-1679: Bacon's Rebellion" by Heather C. Mcghee.
Article: "Bacon's Rebellion" by Wikipedia.
Chapter: "1719-1724: Maroons and Marronage" by Sylviane A. Diouf.
Article: "Maroons and Marronage: Escaping Enslavement" by K. Kris Hirst.
Chapter: "1864-1869: The Civil War" by Jamelle Bouie.
Article: "American Civil War (1861 - 1865) by Wikipedia.
Article: "The Emancipation Proclamation" by President Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863.
Chapter: "1914-1919: The Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson.
Chapter: "1829-1834: Maria Stewart" by Kathryn Sophia Belle.
Article: "Maria Stewart" by Wikipedia.
Chapter: "1874-1879: Atlanta" by Tera W. Hunter.
Chapter: "1994-1999: The Crime Bill" by Angela Y. Davis.
Article: "Killing of George Floyd" by Wikipedia.
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